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Numbers of voters gradually increases in the 2nd phase of upazila election

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Low voter turnout has reportedly seen in the second phase of the Upazila Parishad Election 2019 at Srimangal on Monday, March 18, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Voting began at 8am on Monday and ended at 4pm

The attendance of voters in the Upazila Parishad Election increased even though turnout started out low in the beginning.

Voting began at 8am on Monday and continued, uninterrupted, until 4pm. The election was held in 116 upazilas, in 16 districts at 7,039 polling stations.

In Gaibandha, the election was held in five upazilas of the district, and the number of voters gradually increased as the day progressed. 

Upon visiting the polling stations, our correspondent witnessed an increase in voter turnout in Sadullapur upazila, even though the number was still low in Gaibandha Sadar upazila.

Gaibandha Deputy Commissioner Md Abdul Matin said no cases of unpleasant incidents had occurred as of 2pm this afternoon.

In Bandarban, polls were held in seven upazilas of the district: Bandarban sadar, Ruma, Lama, Rowangchhari, Thanchi, Alikadam, and Naikhongchhari.

Voters were reportedly satisfied because they were able to cast their votes. Meanwhile, according to law enforcement and officials, concerning the polls, the election in Bandarban was held peacefully and law enforcement was vigilant in its duties.

District election officer Rezaul Karim also confirmed the matter.

In Moulvibazar, Assistant Presiding Officer Bikash Chandra Saha confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune that very few voters turned up to vote in the election.

Since the beginning of the polls till around 10am, only 200 votes had been cast at the Srimangal Government College polling centre; the centre was only for men and had 1,988 registered voters, Presiding Officer Md Alauddin said.

Presiding Officer Noman Siddiqui said only 76 votes of the possible 2,151 were cast in The Buds Residential Model School and College polling centre, which is for female voters.

In Naogaon, the participation  of female voters was higher than that of male voters at the Porsha High Madrasa and Highschool polling centre.

The presiding officer of the centre said: "The election was peaceful and at least 30% of votes were cast till 10am."

Low voter turnout has reportedly seen in the second phase of the Upazila Parishad Election 2019 at Thakurgaon on Monday, March 18, 2019 | Dhaka TribuneIn Thakurgaon, our correspondent observed three polling centres—including the Government Girls High School in the municipal town, and Collectorate School and College—and found that there was low voter turnout.

At the Collectorate School and College polling centre, there were only two voters in the three booths for women, and around five male voters in the polling booths for men.

Firoz Khanun, presiding officer of the polling centre in the city's girls high school, said around 300 votes had been cast in two hours; while the number of voters was 3,247.

Low voter turnout has reportedly seen in the second phase of the Upazila Parishad Election 2019 at Pabna on Monday, March 18, 2019 | Dhaka TribuneIn Pabna, eight polling stations were observed by our correspondent, who witnessed a low number of voter attendance, like in other districts.

Chatmohar's Bahadurpur Government Primary School centre Presiding Officer Hasibur Rahman, around 10:30am, said: "Only 10% of votes have been cast so far. However, we hope that the number of voters will increase as the day progresses."

Meanwhile, voter turnout was also quite poor at the Atgharia upazila's Debattor Government Model Primary School centre until 10am.

Low voter turnout has reportedly seen in the second phase of the Upazila Parishad Election 2019 at Rangpur on Monday, March 18, 2019 | Dhaka TribuneIn Rangpur, the election was held in six upazilas of the district; however, only a meager number of voters participated.

Taragonj upazila's Dangirhat Government Primary School centre's Presiding Officer Abdus Sabur said only 300 votes had been cast till 10am at the centre; while around 200 votes have been cast at the Harialikuthi voting centre.

The number voters was 2,432, and 2,091 in the voting centres, respectively.

Low voter turnout has reportedly seen in the second phase of the Upazila Parishad Election 2019 at Hili on Monday, March 18, 2019 | Dhaka TribuneIn Dinajpur, our correspondent witnessed significantly low voter turnout in Hakimpur's Hili area.

Just around eight to 10 votes were cast in the morning. However, the officials concerned were hopeful that the numbers will increase as the day continues.

Hakimpur Government Degree College polling centre's Presiding Officer Abdul Hannan said there were 4,539 voters at the center and 12 polling booths. Only five-to-six votes were cast in the morning.

Presiding Officer Nazir Hossain, of the polling centre in Banglahili Pilot High School and College, said there were 2,580 voters eligible at the centre and seven polling booths. However, only eight to 10 votes were cast at the centre in the morning.

Hakimpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Abdur Rafiul Alam said: "The election is being held peacefully, without any unpleasant incidents anywhere."

In Chittagong, there were 495 polling centres—under the Sitakunda, Sandwip, Fatikchhari, Hathazari and Rangunia upazilas—with 1,362,122 registered voters in total.

However, the voter turnout at the polling centres was relatively low, and no untoward incidents took place centering on the polls, confirmed Munir Hossain Khan, Returning Officer and District Election Officer.